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“We Win a Place in Industry”: Black Women and the Birth of the Power Laundry Industry

Matter Carson

in A Matter of Moral Justice: Black Women Laundry Workers and the Fight for Justice

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043901
eISBN:
9780252052804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043901.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 1 explores the technological and social factors that contributed to the birth of the power laundry industry at the turn of the twentieth century, highlighting why the industry flourished in ... More


A Matter of Moral Justice: Black Women Laundry Workers and the Fight for Justice

Matter Carson

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043901
eISBN:
9780252052804
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043901.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

A Matter of Moral Justice explores the little-studied power laundry industry and its workers, beginning with the birth of the industry at the turn of the twentieth century and concluding with an ... More


Introduction: Work’s Meaning and Labor’s Power

Adam D. Reich

in With God on Our Side: The Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450662
eISBN:
9780801464188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450662.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This book explores the tension between worker power and workers’ emotional relationship to their work by focusing on workers’ union organizing efforts at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH), a ... More


Resilience, Reworking, and Resistance: Hidden Transcripts of the Gig Economy

Mohammad Amir Anwar and Mark Graham

in The Digital Continent: Placing Africa in Planetary Networks of Work

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780198840800
eISBN:
9780191876455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840800.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter examines how African workers exercise agency in the remote gig economy. In addition to the monetary and non-monetary rewards reaped by gig workers, they face significant risks. Gig work ... More


Who Can Organize? Trade Unions, Worker Insurgency, Labor Power

Immanuel Ness

in Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036279
eISBN:
9780252093371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036279.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter investigates the policy and practice of established U.S. labor unions toward migrant labor and guest workers and provides alternative models for building worker power on a global basis. ... More


Digital Work, Human Labour, and Development

Mohammad Amir Anwar and Mark Graham

in The Digital Continent: Placing Africa in Planetary Networks of Work

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780198840800
eISBN:
9780191876455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840800.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Employment is considered by many to be a central piece of the development puzzle. The emergence of digital work activities on the African continent has been perceived by observers, policymakers, and ... More


Working Imaginaries: “Freedom from Jobs” or Learning to Love to Labor?

Christina Dunbar-Hester

in Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691192888
eISBN:
9780691194172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691192888.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the diversity advocates' imaginaries of work and labor, many of which are contradictory, both aligning with and critiquing market values. This topic matters because, especially ... More


Workers’ Health in the United States and Germany

Paul V. Dutton

in Beyond Medicine: Why European Social Democracies Enjoy Better Health Outcomes Than the United States

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501754555
eISBN:
9781501754586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501754555.003.0003
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter explores the institutions and policies that influence the health of working-age Germans and Americans. Work (or the absence of paid work) is one of the most important determinants of ... More


Organizing around Health and Safety Issues

Kim Bobo and Marién Casillas Pabellón

in The Worker Center Handbook: A Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501704475
eISBN:
9781501705892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter offers guidelines for organizing around health and safety issues as a way for worker centers to build worker power. Low-wage workers who are cheated of wages are often not adequately ... More


Actually Existing Digital Transformation

Sidney A. Rothstein

in Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197612873
eISBN:
9780197612903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197612873.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter presents the puzzle of tech workers’ power and proposes how to solve this puzzle. On the one hand, tech workers appear immensely powerful due to their position at the center of digital ... More


The Politics of Labour 1: The Quiescent Period (up to 1997)

Matteo Rizzo

in Taken For A Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198794240
eISBN:
9780191835766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198794240.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental, Public and Welfare

Chapter 4 analyses the barriers that prevented informal bus workers from responding collectively to their criminalization and to the economic squeeze by their employers. Reflecting on the sources of ... More


Worker Power in Twenty-First-Century Capitalism

Sidney A. Rothstein

in Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197612873
eISBN:
9780197612903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197612873.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Chapter 2 presents the theory of worker power that will be developed in the four case studies that follow. First, it situates the study in the context of the recent wave of union revitalization, ... More


The Power of Recoding

Sidney A. Rothstein

in Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197612873
eISBN:
9780197612903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197612873.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Chapter 7 concludes by expanding on the lessons that the case studies from preceding chapters offer for working-class politics in twenty-first-century capitalism. Workers in other sectors, ... More


Rigor in Historical Analysis

Michael Goldfield

in The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190079321
eISBN:
9780190079352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190079321.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 1 presents a framework for examining the large-scale historical questions posed by The Southern Key, discussing both issues of philosophy of social science and the main theoretical constructs ... More


Market Power Is Not Enough: Acquiescence at IBM San Jose

Sidney A. Rothstein

in Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197612873
eISBN:
9780197612903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197612873.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Chapter 4 shows that building worker power requires discursive creativity. Workers at IBM San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, possessed considerable market power, but this was not sufficient to ... More


Economic Transition in the Workplace: Resistance at IBM Burlington

Sidney A. Rothstein

in Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197612873
eISBN:
9780197612903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197612873.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Chapter 3 traces how workers were able to mobilize against layoffs at an IBM facility in Burlington, Vermont, because they recoded management’s discourse. The chapter shows how digital transformation ... More


Counterhegemonic Tactics: Resistance at Siemens

Sidney A. Rothstein

in Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197612873
eISBN:
9780197612903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197612873.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Chapter 6 traces how workers at Siemens saved thousands of jobs by mobilizing against layoffs. Similar to the other cases, management established market fundamentalism as hegemonic in the workplace, ... More


Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers

Sidney A. Rothstein

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
June 2022
ISBN:
9780197612873
eISBN:
9780197612903
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197612873.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This book outlines tactics that workers can use to build power in the current episode of economic transition. As rich capitalist democracies increasingly embrace digital transformation as a strategy ... More


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